Harry Maguire unlikely to be fit for Europa League final- Ole Gunnar

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Harry Maguire is unlikely to be fit for Manchester United’s Europa League final clash with Villarreal.

The United captain had played every minute of every league game since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer of 2019, but was forced off at Aston Villa two weeks ago with ankle ligament damage.

As a result, Maguire is in danger of missing out on United’s first European final in four years as they take on Unai Emery’s Villarreal in Gdansk on Wednesday, with Solskjaer providing an update ahead of the encounter.

“He’s walking but it’s a long way from walking to running so, to be honest, I don’t think we’ll see him in Gdansk, no,” said the United boss, after the defender was pictured walking without crutches on Thursday evening.

“But, as I’ve said so many times, I’m going to give him until Tuesday night, the last training session, and see if he can try to be out there.

“Steadily but surely he’s improving but ligaments, they take time to heal.”

Solskjaer will give Maguire up to the last minute to prove his fitness and expects the defender to play an important role off the field if, as expected, he does not make it.

“He’s a very important person in the dressing room and a leader,” he added. “Before the fans came in, I think you all heard him from the stands.

“He does still want the team to do well, of course, he’s organising even from the stands, which has been easy because it’s been so quiet. So, he’ll come, he’ll be in the dressing room, he’ll make sure everyone’s ready for the final.”

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